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    Chardon’s postseason run ends in state Final Four

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    ELYRIA—Chardon’s improbable postseason run ended with a 35-7 setback to Toledo Central Catholic in a Division III state semifinal at Elyria High School on Friday.

    The Hilltoppers began the season 3-3 before reeling off eight straight wins before Friday’s loss to the defending Division II state champions.

    “It’s the best high school football team I’ve coached against,” said Chardon head coach Mitch Hewitt of Toledo Central Catholic. “That says a lot.”

    Central Catholic wasted little time finding the end zone as Marvon Greenlee returned the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown.

    Caleb Hewitt evened the score on a jet sweep, but the Fighting Irish responded with 21 unanswered points that left them up 28-7 at halftime.

    Terry Collins threw a touchdown pass to Iowa commitment Jaylen Watson for a 14-7 lead and Tyler Morgan ran for a score that pushed the Central Catholic lead to 21-7.

    The Irish closed out the first half with another Watson touchdown, this one out of the Wildcat formation on fourth-and-five.

    Collins closed out the scoring with a 40-yard touchdown pass to Greenlee in the second half.

    Toledo Central Catholic will play for Bishop Waterson for the Division III state title on Friday at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

    As for the Hilltoppers, they closed out the season with an 11-4 record against a very challenging schedule that saw six of their 10 regular season opponents qualify for the postseason.

    “I’d love to win every single football game and never lose but that’s not what life is,” Coach Hewitt said. “Ultimately, what we’re trying to teach these kids is real life.”

    The Hilltoppers are sending off a vast number of seniors whom were a part of the 2020 and 2021 state championship teams, along with the team that made it to the Elite Eight a year ago.

    “They’re going to be real hard to replace, a lot of great kids who are destined for great things in life,” Hewitt said of his senior class. “Football’s just a piece of their foundation and I’m excited to see what they’re going to do later on in life.”

     

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